Less than a "Gig," more than an "Open mic"...

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Repeated my performance from last year at the "Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering" last Friday... but was given a 35 minute set this year (last year I played just 3 songs in 15 minutes). My eight song set included:

Night Rider's lament (Michael Burton)/Still got my home on the range (Will Dudley)
Cowboy's last wish (Will Dudley)
Texas River song (AKA Brazos River song; traditional?)
The Gift (song about Charlie Russell the painter; Ian Tyson)
Summer Wages (Ian Tyson)
Ballad of William Dubois (Will Dudley)
My Sweet Wyoming Home (Bill Staines).

All in all, it went OK... A few minor chord change glitches, quickly corrected... but I remembered all the words. My biggest fear was forgetting the first line of a song, and not being able to get started. So, my set list cheat sheet had the key, capo, and first line of each song on a 4"x6" file card that I set on the floor at my feet if I needed it. I never really did...

There were 20-30 in the audience, including my wife, the sound guy (did a great job), and the host. They seemed to enjoy it...
 

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congrats Dave! Nice that you never forgot words to the songs, my memory is like a goldfish, most likely why I can only do instrumentals :). well, that and I am no singer.
 

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Congratulations, Dave! Sounds like fun!

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Sounds like a perfect set for that venue, Dave. Congrats on getting through, and doing well. I'm not good at playing in front of people, so..... it's kind of a big deal to me!! :encouragement::encouragement:
 

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That's great with just a 4x6 card. That's what it was like in the 70's when I made money at this, you didn't ever use a song sheet. However today nearly everyone walks in with a 3" thick binder that has all their song sheets in it.
 

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...today nearly everyone walks in with a 3" thick binder that has all their song sheets in it.
At the jam I attend irregularly (couple times a month, depending on work and kids soccer schedule), half the players are looking up the songs on their phones or tablets...
 

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Forgot to mention... I played my "blue 72" ('94 DV-72 in turquoise). Thought about taking my DV-73... it's got a little more jangle to it that suits cowboy music. But decided on the 72 at the last minute. One member of the duo that followed me played a JF30-12...

Anne (wife) is glad it's over... I haven't played much else but those 8 tunes for the last month!
 

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There are more than 8 tunes???

Markus :smile:
 
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Very cool! And we can relate to how your wife feels. My g/f patiently endures me learning or writing new stuff! LOL!
 

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Well done!

(Tough having to choose between playing a DV-72 and playing a DV-73, I imagine).
 

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Tough having to choose between playing a DV-72 and playing a DV-73, I imagine.
Even tougher... the choice is always between the DV-73, turquoise DV-72, and malachite DV-72 MK! Definitely a first world problem!
 
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That's great with just a 4x6 card. That's what it was like in the 70's when I made money at this, you didn't ever use a song sheet. However today nearly everyone walks in with a 3" thick binder that has all their song sheets in it.
First off, I have to say congrats to the OP for the 35 minute solo performance. That's a nice accomplishment.

Regarding the binders/IPADs/cheat sheets that have blossomed on stage in recent years, I find it a bit odd. If I put my mind to it, I can memorize chords and lyrics to almost anything. Granted, I ain't playing Mahavishnu Orchestra material.
 
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